Living The Green Life - Pumpkins

Pumpkins are such an integral part of fall festivities. For many families, it just wouldn't be Halloween without carving at least one jack-o'-lantern. But pumpkins can be so much more than just a porch decoration. This year, consider taking a few extra steps to get the most out of your pumpkin.

Hi, I'm Heather from here with another tip on Living the Green Life. With Halloween just around the corner, there are plenty of ways you can make your spooky holiday preparations more sustainable. Today let's take a look at everybody's favorite – pumpkins!

In my house it's tradition to carve at least one pumpkin every year. While most of us are focused on the outside of our jack-o-lanterns, the insides have several uses of their own. This year, as your family gathers around to carve their pumpkins, there are three things you might want to keep in mind.

First, the guts of the pumpkin are rich in nutrients. Rather than tossing them in the trash, think about composting them instead. Sure they're slimy, but they can really add a boost to your flower beds in the spring.

Second, if you have a vegetable garden, save a few of the biggest seeds to grow your own pumpkins next year. After you wash them off, let them air dry for about a week. Put them in an air tight container in a cool dry place until spring. With any luck you won't have to stop by the pumpkin patch next year!

But the tastiest thing to do with your pumpkin seeds is roast them. The seeds are packed with iron, magnesium, fiber and protein, making them one healthy snack! Wash all the guts off your seeds, dry them well and spread them out in a single layer on a cookie sheet. Drizzle them with olive oil and sprinkle on a little salt before putting them in the oven at 300 degrees for about 45 minutes.

As you can see, it's not too hard to live the green life. We'll be back soon with more tips!

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